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Two pageants that were indeed a thing of beauty

They are high school spoofs on beauty pageants that are meant to be fun, and raise money for a good cause: helping children battling cancer, and their families.


The Mr. Middletown pageant at Middletown Area High School and the Mr. Mini-THON pageant at Lower Dauphin High School pitted male students in talent and swimsuit competitions that were actually meaningless – the contestant who raised the most money was crowned the winner.


Combined, the two pageants raised more than $12,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund, and will be part of the total that each school’s Mini-THON Committee raises in their annual 12-hour dance and games extravaganza.


Lower Dauphin’s Mini-THON, held last month at the school, raised a school record $82,630.95  Middletown’s Mini-THON is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 24 – and don’t be surprised if another school record falls. The Mr. Middletown pageant, held in late March, already has raised $5,742 toward the school’s total.


Lower Dauphin’s winner, Tommy Bowen, raised an amazing $2,765.95 to win the crown, though his talent – he performed the Vote for Pedro dance from the cult film, “Napoleon Dynamite,’’ was an impressive homage.


At Middletown, Nathan Ocker won the crown, raising $1,486.12 and performing a rap song for good measure. The talent competition could be called “fierce’’ – one contestant sang a Katy Perry song, another jumped on a Pogo stick, a third played the cowbell, a fourth jumped rope and a fifth staged a cooking demonstration. You can catch photos of some of them on A1 of this edition.


The real winners were the kids and families helped by Four Diamonds and the generosity of local students and those who donated to them.


Congratulations to Ocker and his court – Nick Myers (first runner-up), Jordan Handley (third place), Brett Altland, Will Botterbusch, Zac Gates, Scott Shaffer and Zack Sims for their efforts, and to the Mini-THON Committee at both Middletown and Lower Dauphin, for its good works and compassion – and for proving our faith in the younger generation is not misplaced.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:10

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Our own private Idaho was an April Fool's joke


Happy April Fool’s Day!

You may already have realized that our A1 story on Central Idaho University’s plan to build a branch campus in Middletown is an April Fool’s Day joke. The day for pranks fell on a Wednesday this year – the day we publish our latest issue – so we couldn’t resist. Hey, even the conservative Wall Street Journal has published a humorous April Fool’s Day story in the past.

There is no Central Idaho University.

But you knew that, right?

We hope it gave you a belly laugh, or at least made you roll your eyes.

Laughter is the best medicine, and heaven knows we all can use another dose of laughter now and then in these times. The world seems to be a darker, more dangerous, horribly contentious place nowadays. We hope you have kept your sense of humor. We have.

Middletown is a borough in transition. We’ve endured a major water and sewer line construction project in the downtown, and are in the midst of another along Main Street. No one loves road construction and detours, but the work promises to bring development to town.

The borough is scheduled to begin a $2.7 million downtown renovation project this spring, and the plans already have lured investors to town. One of them talked to staff writer Dan Miller, and his comments can be found in a story about the streetscape project on A1 of this issue.

Other investors have recently purchased the Lamp Post Inn on Main Street, and plan to open a restaurant there.

What really buoyed our spirits about Middletown was the Mayoral Madness basketball challenge between basketball players at Middletown Area High School and alumni, a game organized by Mayor James H. Curry III to help raise money for a fireworks show in town on Labor Day weekend. The game on Friday, March 27 at the school gym drew a large crowd of people willing to donate their money to the cause.

There is much good in Middletown. Let’s not forget that as we move forward and face a future that, we believe, is promising – with or without Central Idaho University.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:17

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Editor's Voice: Christmas arrived early for the Elks and Middletown

By Jim Lewis

Perhaps it was the Christmas spirit that moved a record number of people – 200! –  to buy tickets for the Middletown Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes on Dec. 8 and 9. And maybe the 224 people who paid to see the

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 17:53

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Editor's Voice: At Steel-High, an unusual and inspiring civics lesson

If you’re an American, and value your right to vote, you probably remember the first time you voted – the thrill of walking into the voting booth, the excitement of casting a ballot. The candidate for whom you voted.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:25

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